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Biography PhotoChris Symanoskie IRC
Vice President, Investor Relations
csymanoskie@apei.com
Biography PhotoDr. Wallace E. Boston
Chief Executive Officer
Member, Board of Trustees
Member, Board of Directors


Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002.

Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, Dr. Boston led the parent company of APUS, American Public Education, Inc., to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. During his tenure, APUS grew to over 100,000 students majoring in 200 degree and certificate programs and the institution’s graduates increased to approximately 75,000. In July 2016, he retired as APUS president and continued as the CEO of APEI. In October 2017, following the retirement of Dr. Karan Powell as APUS president, he resumed the role of APUS president. Dr. Boston has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker regarding the impact of technology on higher education.

In addition to his service as a board member of APUS and APEI, Dr. Boston is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a board member of the Presidents’ Forum, and a board member of Hondros College of Nursing, Fidelis, Inc. He is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group.

Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa. In April 2017, the Board of Trustees of APUS bestowed Dr. Boston with the title President Emeritus.

Dr. Boston lives in Owings Mills, MD with his wife, Sharon and their two daughters.
Biography PhotoRichard W. Sunderland, Jr., CPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Richard “Rick” Sunderland was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective January 2014. Mr. Sunderland joined the organization in February 2011 as a consultant providing several critical program enhancements, user testing, project implementation and process change management. In December 2012, he was appointed to lead the finance and student financial aid departments of American Public University System (APUS) as Senior Vice President of Finance.

Prior to joining APUS, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of NovaSom, Inc., building all of the company’s corporate financial functions and providing strong financial leadership during a period of rapid growth from 2008 to 2010. In addition, Mr. Sunderland served as Chief Financial Officer of Active Day, Inc. between 2005 and 2008, and in various roles, including as Controller, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, at NeighborCare, Inc. from 1993 to 2004.

Mr. Sunderland has over 20 years of experience at leading the financial and operational functions of large established public companies, as well as in building the financial operations of emerging growth companies. During his career, he also served as Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse (now PwC). In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Sunderland holds a M.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College and a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

Biography PhotoPatrik Dyberg
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Patrik Dyberg was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer in May 2018, having previously served as interim CIO in a consulting capacity from mid-December 2017. Since arriving at APUS, Mr. Dyberg has been instrumental in setting a new direction for the use of information technology across the organization. As CTO, Mr. Dyberg oversees IT, providing vision, leadership, and strategy to enhance agility and innovation.

Mr. Dyberg brings 30 years of experience in digital transformation, digital product development, and IT strategy to APUS. Most recently, he was with The WGroup, an IT management consulting firm. Prior to that, he spent 15 years in the information services industry and 15 years in the transaction processing and data communications industry. During this time he developed very deep expertise in business and content strategy, IT alignment, digital transformation, change management, operational alignment, and global sourcing. He has expertise in building and running large global organizations, delivering results, and operating in global and multi-cultural environments.

Before serving as a consultant, Mr. Dyberg was a managing director for Luxoft, an IT services company headquartered in Switzerland, where he focused on the financial services sector. Prior to Luxoft, he was the executive vice president and CTO of John Wiley & Sons, a global provider of content and digital education solutions. There he ran the global technology organization and all content management, was a member of the Wiley executive leadership team, and a key driver of the company's digital transformation agenda.

Prior to Wiley, Mr. Dyberg was the senior vice president of global solutions development at LexisNexis, driving the development and maintenance of all global customer facing products supporting a $3+ billion revenue stream. His team delivered over 150 software development projects per year at 85%+ on time and on budget and with a defect detection ratio of 96%+. Before LexisNexis, he was the CIO of the Business Information Group of the McGraw-Hill Companies, where he established a leveraged shared services IT model across three different companies enabling them to transform to digital business models. Prior to MGraw-Hill, he was the leader of data technology and management at D&B, VP of communications systems at GTECH, and CIO for the Swedish National Lottery. Mr. Dyberg started his career at the ABB Group in Sweden, and holds a M. Sc. E.E. from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden.

Biography PhotoPeter W. Gibbons
Senior Vice President, Special Projects

Mr. Pete Gibbons served for 25 years in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer. His responsibilities included command of soldiers in a war environment, senior staff positions at the Department of Army level, and a three-year assignment teaching at the United States Military Academy. Since retirement and prior to joining American Public University System, Mr. Gibbons served as a Human Resources Executive for SITEL, a global customer relations management company. The position responsibilities included all aspects of human resources for 25,000 employees in 18 different countries.

He joined APUS in 2002 as a Vice President in charge of Student Services and Human Resources. During his nine year tenure he has been responsible developing the current Partnership at A Distance business design and overseeing both operations and human resources activities. Currently as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) he manages both staff and faculty human resources and assists with the management of the Office of the President.

Mr. Gibbons earned a B.S. degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida, an M.S. degree in Human Services from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and an M.S. degree in National Security Strategy and Policy from the National Defense University in Washington DC.

Biography PhotoTony Mediate
Chief Executive Officer, Hondros College of Nursing

Tony joined National Education Seminars, Inc. [dba Hondros College of Nursing] late November 2015 as Chief Operating Officer.

Tony has broad and diverse expertise in the education industry, particularly in key areas of operations, admissions, marketing, branding, and new program development. Prior to joining the Hondros College of Nursing, Tony served as Group President for Lincoln Educational Services, Inc. where he had oversight of twelve (12) campuses offering allied health, electrical, HVAC and culinary programs.

Previously, Tony was Senior Vice President with the AE Group a system of on-ground and online campuses (offering allied health, technical and business programs), Ellis University/Cardean Learning Group and he had a successful consulting business that specialized in business solutions for the proprietary education industry with such noted clients as DeVry, The Art Institutes and others. Prior to that, Tony spent seven years at Education Management Corporation (EDMC) whose post-secondary education institutions include, The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College and South University. During his tenure at EDMC, Tony held the positions of Senior Vice President, Vice-President and Campus President of one of the Art Institutes.

Earlier career experiences include nine years at the Hilton International Group, PLC as Vice President, Marketing & Government Relations. Tony is a graduate of Clarion University, a certified business coach and an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Biography PhotoAmy Bevilacqua
Senior Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer

Amy Bevilacqua joined American Public Education, Inc. in May 2016 as the organization’s first Chief Innovation Officer.

Amy brings over 25 years of experience in media, technology, and education, spanning the K-12 Higher Education and Lifelong Learning sectors. Starting out her career in college admissions, she went on to found a new division of an international scholarly book publishing company serving the college market, run content-related businesses for PBS, serve as Chief Marketing Officer for an early learning company and lead the global rollout of a SaaS solution for McCann Worldgroup, the world’s largest network of advertising agencies. She also ran an educational film production and distribution house--a portfolio company for the private equity firm KKR--shepherding its sale to a strategic buyer. Earlier in her career, Amy worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ entertainment and media consulting practice, and the European Marketing division of Disneyland Paris.

Actively involved in education entrepreneurship and innovation, Amy has served as an investment advisor in the education sector for a global private equity group and for the world’s largest network of angel impact investors. She serves as a mentor to early stage education entrepreneurs informally, and through her affiliation with the Jefferson Education Accelerator, The Runway-Michelson Accelerator, and with Echoing Green.

Amy serves as an adjunct faculty member for the only Masters in Education Entrepreneurship program, housed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She teaches business model design and is the Director of the Capstone program.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Woman’s Party at the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, part of the National Park Service. She helped found YaleWomen, an independent 501c3 and global network of over 35,000 female alums of Yale.

Amy has a B.A. in English and Film Studies from Carleton College and an M.B.A. in Strategy from Yale.

Biography PhotoAmy Panzarella
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Ms. Amy Panzarella is the Vice President of Human Resources at American Public University System (APUS). She joined the University in 2008 and is responsible for all aspects of human resources including budget, healthcare benefits, professional training and development, and compliance. Since her arrival, Ms. Panzarella has developed and increased the HR Department staffing levels to accommodate the growing needs of APUS employees. Under her leadership, the HR Department completely streamlined and automated the employee benefits, performance management, and recruiting processes. Ms. Panzarella’ s goal is to position the HR Department as a strategic partner within the organization, aligning its efforts and objectives with the mission and vision of APUS.

Ms. Panzarella has worked in human resources for over 16 years in a variety of industries to include finance, gaming, manufacturing and now higher education. She holds a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in human resources. Ms. Panzarella earned her Senior Professional Human Resource Certification (SPHR) in 2009 and was named “HR Professional of the Year” in 2011 by the West Virginia Society of Human Resources State Council. She recently graduated from the “Leadership West Virginia” program in Charleston and continues to be a contributing writer for the “Around the Panhandle” magazine offering human resources, management and professional advice to its readers.

As an active member in her local community, Ms. Panzarella is the 2012 President of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Panhandle Society of Human Resources Management (EPSHRM) and serves on the Board of Directors for the West Virginia State Council of SHRM. She is a board member of the Charles Town Rotary Club, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the West Virginia University Hospitals – East Foundation, the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle and the Charles Town Old Opera House. In addition, she volunteers for the Personnel Committee of the Eastern Panhandle Free Clinic, the Local School Improvement Council (LSIC), the Career and Technical Education Council in Jefferson County, and the Marketing and Technology Advisory Council for Washington High School.

Ms. Panzarella lives in Charles Town, WV with her family. She enjoys spending any free time that she has with her husband Chris, their three sons Anthony, Andrew, and Tyler, and their two dogs Bella and MJ.

Biography PhotoTom Beckett
Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Mr. Thomas Beckett joined American Public University System (APUS) in 2011 and serves as general counsel and secretary. Mr. Beckett also serves on the Board of Directors of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. Prior to joining APUS, Mr. Beckett was the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of InnoZen, Inc. (now CURE Pharmaceutical) and HealthSport, Inc., pharmaceutical and dietary supplement technology companies located in California. Mr. Beckett also held various other leadership positions at these companies. Prior to this work, Mr. Beckett was an attorney at the international law firms King & Spalding LLP and Holland & Knight LLP.

Mr. Beckett earned a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree (J.D., with honors) from the University of Florida College of Law.

Biography PhotoMelissa Frey
Senior Vice President and Controller
Biography PhotoMajor General (Retired) Barbara G. Fast
Chairperson

Major General (Retired) Barbara G. Fast currently serves as the President/CEO of BGF Enterprises LLC. She currently sits on the boards of American Public Education, Inc.; Hondros College School of Nursing; and several not-for-profit private organizations, to include the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and the Cyber Advisory Council for Huntsville. She serves on the Strategic Advisory Group for the Sierra Nevada Corporation, a privately held aerospace engineering firm.

Prior to her current position, she served as the Senior Vice President, Strategic Engagements and, prior, Army Defense and Intelligence Programs, CGI Federal. With offices around the country, she was responsible for developing and executing cyber and biometrics strategies for government and commercial customers, as well as managing a business unit in support of government customers. Prior to that she was the Vice President, Cyber and Information Solutions, (The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA)), where she developed the company’s cyber strategy and led Boeing’s cyber, unmanned underwater vehicle, electronic warfare and information business.

Major General (Retired) Fast retired from the U.S. Army after over 32 years of service. During her service, she held a variety of key positions, including Deputy Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC), Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC); Commanding General, U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca (responsible for all military intelligence on ground and distance learning instruction); Director of Intelligence (C2) Multinational Forces-Iraq and Combined Joint Task Force-7, Operation Iraqi Freedom; Director of Intelligence (J2), U.S. European Command; Director, S1, Signals Intelligence Directorate, and Assistant Deputy Director of Operations, Military Support/Deputy Director, Central Security Services, National Security Agency (NSA/CSS); Commander, 66th Military Intelligence Group; Deputy Chief of Staff, G2, 2nd Armored Division; Commander, 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion; and numerous other command and staff positions.

Major General (Retired) Fast holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (German and Spanish) from the University of Missouri, a Master of Science in Business Administration from Boston University, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Central Missouri State University. She is also a graduate of the Army War College.

She is married to Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Paul Fast. They, along with Darwin and Rocky, their two Australian Shepherds, are at home in Huntsville, Alabama and Big Sky, Montana.

Biography PhotoEric C. "Ric" Andersen
Director

Mr. Ric Andersen has 29 years of experience working in operations, consulting and private equity. He spent over 20 years at PwC Consulting where he served many of the firm's largest clients and rose to become a Managing Partner and COO. He played a central role in the divestiture of PwC Consulting to IBM in 2002 and became a senior executive at the company, leading IBM’s services business in Asia for two years. During his tenures with Price Waterhouse, PwC Consulting, and IBM, Ric was a senior partner who built and managed enterprise software/ERP businesses, as well as business process outsourcing operations. He spent much of his early career leading large-scale business improvement programs for Fortune 500 companies in the technology sector, as well as other industries.

Mr. Andersen left IBM and joined Silver Lake in 2005 where he helped form, then led the firm’s Value Creation Team. He joined Milestone Partners in 2010 as a senior member of the firm’s management and investment team. In 2015 he joined Peak Equity, a Philadelphia-based private equity firm focused on lower middle market enterprise software where he is a senior member of the firm’s management and investment team,

He is currently a director on the Boards of two other privately held companies, G5 and Vertex. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Barra Foundation, a large charitable foundation. A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mr. Andersen holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Bucknell University.

Biography PhotoDr. Wallace E. Boston
President and Chief Executive Officer
Member, Board of Trustees
Member, Board of Directors


Dr. Wallace E. Boston was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of American Public University System (APUS) and its parent company, American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) in July 2004. He joined APUS as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002.

Dr. Boston guided APUS through its successful initial accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association in 2006 and ten-year reaccreditation in 2011. In November 2007, Dr. Boston led the parent company of APUS, American Public Education, Inc., to an initial public offering on the NASDAQ Exchange. During his tenure, APUS grew to over 100,000 students majoring in 200 degree and certificate programs and the institution’s graduates increased to approximately 75,000. In July 2016, he retired as APUS president and continued as the CEO of APEI. In October 2017, following the retirement of Dr. Karan Powell as APUS president, he resumed the role of APUS president. Dr. Boston has authored and co-authored papers on the topic of online post-secondary student retention, and is a frequent speaker regarding the impact of technology on higher education.

In addition to his service as a board member of APUS and APEI, Dr. Boston is a member of the Board of Advisors of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), a member of the Board of Overseers of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, a board member of the Presidents’ Forum, and a board member of Hondros College of Nursing, Fidelis, Inc. He is a past Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the McDonogh School, a private K-12 school in Baltimore. In his career prior to APEI and APUS, Dr. Boston served as either CFO, COO, or CEO of Meridian Healthcare, Manor Healthcare, Neighborcare Pharmacies, and Sun Healthcare Group.

Dr. Boston is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He earned an A.B. degree in History from Duke University, an MBA in Marketing and Accounting from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business Administration, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. In 2008, the Board of Trustees of APUS awarded him a Doctorate in Business Administration, honoris causa. In April 2017, the Board of Trustees of APUS bestowed Dr. Boston with the title President Emeritus.

Dr. Boston lives in Owings Mills, MD with his wife, Sharon and their two daughters.
Biography PhotoJean C. Halle
Director

Jean C. Halle has served on our Board since March 2006. Ms. Halle is currently an independent consultant. From 2002 to 2010, Ms. Halle was the Chief Executive Officer of Calvert Education Services, a provider of accredited distance education programs and educational support services. From 1999 to2001, Ms. Halle was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of New Business Development for Times Mirror Interactive, a digital media subsidiary of the former Times Mirror Company. From 1986 to 1999, Ms. Halle held a number of positions with The Baltimore Sun Company, including Vice President of New Business Development, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance, President of Homestead Publishing, a subsidiary of The Baltimore Sun Company, and Director of Strategic Planning. From 1983 to 1986, Ms. Halle was the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for Abell Communications, and Assistant Treasurer of A.S. Abell Company, the former parent company of The Baltimore Sun Company. Previously, from 1979 to 1983, Ms. Halle had been a Senior Management Consultant with Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, now Deloitte & Touche, an international accounting and professional services firm. Ms. Halle currently serves on the Advisory Board for Stevenson University.

Biography PhotoDr. Barbara L. Kurshan
Director

Dr. Barbara (Bobbi) Kurshan is a leader in the fields of education technology, entrepreneurship, and investment in education. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Academic Innovation and a Senior Fellow in Education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania where she runs the Milken-GSE Business Plan Competition, chairs EDSi (Education Design Studio) and oversees the Master's in Education Entrepreneurship program. Previously, as the President of Educorp Consultants Corporation, she provided strategic consulting in the areas of education, technology and innovation; and as the Executive Vice President of WorldSage, a consortium of for-profit higher education institutions in the EU to address education for the 21st century; she created a global network of tertiary institutions in the EU. As the past Executive Director of Curriki she helped to build one of the most innovative and robust global open source education communities. Dr. Kurshan has previously served as the Co-CEO of Core Learning, an education investment fund, and the Chief Academic Officer of bigchalk. She currently serves on the Board of several education companies. Numerous publishing credits include topics that explore women’s attitudes toward technology, how kids learn using computers, OER, new ways of learning through understanding and innovation in education.

Biography PhotoTimothy  J. Landon
Director

Mr. Timothy Landon is the CEO of Landon Company and focuses on early stage angel investing and consulting for private equity, venture capital and large traditional and online media companies. Tim is the Chairman of BlockShopper.com, LLC., a start-up in the online real estate news and information space.

Previously, Mr. Landon worked for Tribune Company from 1986 until 2008 in a variety of positions and had leadership roles in starting CareerBuilder.com, Classified Ventures, the holding company of Apartments.com and Cars.com, and other online businesses. He also served on the boards of directors of CareerBuilder.com, Classified Ventures, ShopLocal.com and Topix.com. Most recently, he was President of Tribune Interactive from 2004 until 2008.

Mr. Landon currently serves on the board of directors of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a Chicago-based non-profit organization focused on early childhood development, socialization and learning in impoverished communities; major funders include the Harris, McCormick, Gates and Buffett foundations.

Mr. Landon holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He and Elizabeth, his wife, have three children and live in Evanston, Illinois.

Biography PhotoWilliam G. Robinson, Jr.
Director

William G. Robinson, Jr. is the President of Broadgate Human Capital, LLC. which is a management consulting firm aimed at value creation through excellence in human resources. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Sabre and was a key executive in taking the company public and also served as CHRO for Coventry Healthcare which was a $14B publicly traded healthcare insurance company.

William was a 20 year veteran of the General Electric Company and Senior Executive. As a member of GE’s HR Executive Council, he held large scope and global HR leadership roles in diverse industries including HR Head for the Enterprise Solutions division which was a $12B portfolio of 5 global stand-alone GE businesses. He serves on the Boards of American Public Education Inc., Treehouse Inc. and the Wake Forest University Athletics Deacon Club.

He holds a MA in Human Resources Development for Bowie State University and a BA in Communications from Wake Forest University.